Real Meaning of the Korean War
The Western media and politicians have so far described the Korean war (1950-1953) as a conflict between the fellow countrymen in the Korean peninsula and brought the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to account for starting it. In other words, they insist, the US-led Western countries had no other choice but to enter the war in order to prevent invasion by north Korea (the DPRK).
Recently, the tone of their argument for the Korean war has become stranger. Last year on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the Korean Armistice Agreement the American politicians held a “celebration” at an opening ceremony of a memorial hall of the Korean war in the building of the US Defense Department. There they claimed that the term “forgotten war” should be revised into a “forgotten victory,” revealing their ulterior intention to disguise its defeat in the Korean war as victory.
However, it is a stark fact that the Korean war was fought between the DPRK and the US and that the provoker was the latter and the victor was the former.
The US, having occupied south Korea in the guise of a “liberator” at the end of the Second World War, started the war on June 25, 1950, in order to realize its wild dream of occupying the whole Korea and further bringing the Asian continent under its dominations.
It was the fiercest one unprecedented in history.
While instigating the south Korean army to make a sudden armed invasion against the north, the US hurled into the war one-third of its ground force, one-fifth of its air force and the greater part of the Pacific Fleet, and spent US$ 165 billion for the military expenditure. It mobilized the troops of its 15 vassal states and the remnants of the former Japanese army and also employed the combat equipment that had been regarded as the best in the world and even biological weapons that was forbidden by international laws.
That the DPRK, which was five years after it was liberated from the long military occupation by Japanese imperialism and was less than two years since its founding, fought against the US which was a ringleader of imperialism and had become fat through wars was a heroic event. The whole world worried what would become of young Korea.
However, a miracle was wrought. Beyond all expectations and commonsense, the DPRK beat the US.
Its brilliant victory in the war was attributable to the gifted stratagem and wise leadership of President Kim Il Sung. With the confidence that although a country had weak military and economic foundations, it could surely win a final victory as long as there were the Party, the state, the territory and the people, Kim Il Sung led the war situation to a favourable phase. Thanks to his superb and unique strategies and tactics, including the initiative counteroffensive, creation of a model battle of modern encirclement, formation of a second front in the enemy’s rear and active positional defence warfare, the US and multinational troops were destroyed and finally surrendered to the Korean people.
The former Portuguese President Francisco da Costa Gomes who had participated in the Korean war as the Chief of Staff of the Portuguese troops on the US side said that the operations plans presented by the United States in the war had all been formulated by chiefs of staff and generals of the Western countries on the US side and that General Kim Il Sung frustrated them all single-handed.
In fact, enlisted in the Korean war were not only the generals but also heads of state and prominent figures as well as war merchants, including Truman, Eisenhower and Dulles of the US and Sir Eden and Churchill of Great Britain. It was not fortuitous that at the beginning of the war many people of the world believed the US bragging that the war would be finished within 72 hours.
But the victory much vaunted by the US and its “unquestioned mightiness” became the shattered dream and myth.
In the three-year Korean war the US sustained the loss nearly 2.3 times greater than what it had suffered in the four-year Pacific War, and signed the armistice agreement which was as good as a surrender document, on July 27, 1953.
The conclusion of the AA produced lamentations within the US.
“I gained the unenviable distinction of being the first United States Army Commander in history to sign an armistice agreement without victory.” (Mark Clark, commander of the UN forces)
“The myth exploded to atoms, and it became clear to everyone that the United States was not so strong as others had thought her to be.” (George Marshall, US Defense Secretary)
Though sixty years have elapsed since then, the same as ever are the geopolitical position of Korea and anti-DPRK hostile policy of the US in its pursuit of world domination. Subsequently, dark clouds of a new war are hanging over the Korean peninsula.
However, it must be brought to attention that Korea is not the country as it was yesterday.
It has developed into a politico-ideological power with single-hearted unity of the army and people around the leader, a military power fully prepared for both defence and offence, and a nuclear state, manufacturer and launcher of artificial earth satellites, and a power with advanced science and technology. It is a stark reality that any country however powerful dares not challenge the DPRK.
All the service personnel and people of the DPRK are watching keenly the manoeuvres of the US and its followers to start a new war and full of determination to lose no chance of eradicating the US, the chieftain of war and den of all evils, on this planet, in case of any provocation.
The past Korean war in which the US suffered the first defeat in its history, brought about the beginning of its downhill-turn. And new Korean war will be highlighted as a great event that will bring about a fatal doom of the US empire in human history.